Sculpture: The Casting of Ethel Scull

There was never any question as to who should sculpt Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scull, Manhattan's leading pop art patrons. George Segal, of course—the man who has made his reputation by casting his models full size in plaster, then setting them in "environments" that range from a washbasin (for a nude washing her foot) to the whole front door of a brownstone. The only thing holding back Ethel Scull was her dislike of being slathered all over with wet plaster.

"Come on, be a sport. Nothing will happen to you," Segal promised. So Ethel reluctantly agreed, began making preparations by buying...

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